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Maine Healthcare Workers Sue State, Seeking to Reverse Vaccine Mandate
Health care workers in Maine filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, the governor and major Maine health networks Wednesday, arguing that the state’s requirement that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 tramples on their religious freedoms.
The lawsuit also asks a federal judge in Bangor to impose a temporary order preventing the mandate from going into effect. Since Gov. Janet Mills announced the requirement under a state statute earlier this month, some health care workers have voiced vehement opposition, packing public meetings and mounting public demonstrations against the requirement.
Illinois Requires Educators, Health Workers to Get Vaccine
Illinois health care workers and educators from kindergarten through college will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday in announcing new safety protocols that also include a fresh statewide mandate for masks to be worn indoors.
The mandates, which overlap in several places with existing rules, are a response to a spike in COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly contagious delta variant, particularly in southern and central Illinois.
League Wants COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, as Players’ Vaccination Rate Hits 93%
The National Football League said on Thursday it has made clear it wanted to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for players, as it reported a nearly 93% inoculation rate, despite assertions from the players’ union the league had not proposed such a step.
NFLPA President JC Tretter, who plays for the Cleveland Browns, told ESPN this week that the NFL did not enforce or even discuss making vaccines a requirement to play this season, despite mandating inoculations for staff and coaches.
“I honestly don’t understand where that came from,” NFL General Counsel Lawrence Ferazani told reporters on Thursday. “We’ve been discussing with the players’ association mandatory vaccination from the start.”
Unvaccinated Teachers Threaten to Sue if They Are Forced on Unpaid Leave
Unvaccinated teachers are threatening legal action if they are prevented from teaching and forced to take unpaid leave when the school year starts next month.
Under the government’s plan to reopen schools nationwide on September 1, teachers must present a “Green Pass” in order to enter schools; such a pass is granted to those who are vaccinated, recovered or present a negative COVID test from the past 72 hours.
But Ran Erez, chairman of the Teachers Association, threatened to appeal to the High Court if the system is enforced just among teachers.
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Big Tech Wants You to Live in a Virtual World. Prepare for Real Problems.
Have you heard of “Metaverse” recently? It was hard not to do so.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the latest buzzwords in technology 16 times in his latest earnings announcement last month. According to him, the future of Facebook is the metaverse,